CoolJugator: The Smart Conjugator in French
This is a very simple French verb conjugator. There are many French conjugators online, but, with this one, our goal is to make French conjugation easy, smart and straightforward.
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The French language
French is a language which evolved primarily out of Gallo-Romance dialects spoken in the northern parts of France. Essentially, the language began as a result of Celtic tribes in those periods attempting to learn and adopt Latin (or, more accurately, dialects of Latin currently spoken by the people). It is said that the influence of the Gaulish language on French is multifold: the liaision (the fact that French carries consonants onto the word that starts with a vowel, thus pronouncing 'elle peut aller' (she can go) as 'elle peu tavoir' instead), vowel pronunciation and non-pronunciation of silent syllables. Words of Gaulish origin have also been retained, such as 'alouette' ('lark'). Then the Germanic-tribe invasion happened, with Germanic groups such as Franks or Alemanni coming to France, and reframing the history of French as an attempt by Germans to speak local dialect of Latin (which already had Celtic Gaulish influences by then). The local French and the dialects of the Germanic tribes, most importantly, of Franks, were spoken together for some 500 years, until eventually the Germanic adopted the Old French, which is by then already heavily influenced by the Germanic language Frankish and other languages. Interestingly, the name of the country and language itself, France and français, come from Frankish Frankon(n) and frankisc, which were filtered through Old French. Throughout this entire period, French has undergone multiple influences from other surrounding languages. For example, allegedly, Germanic languages also influenced the reintroduction of a vigesimal system of counting by increments of twenty (for example, 'soixante-dix' meaning 'seventy' lit. 'sixty-ten'; quatre-vingts meaning '80', lit. 'four-twenties', etc).
Through processees mostly related to colonisation, French was spread to other places in the world, and it remained in some of them even after process of decolonisation took place, such as the DRC Congo (the most populous country in the world where French is an official language), Senegal, Madagascar, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Canada (predominantly in Quebec), Rwanda, Burundi, Comoros, Vanuatu and others. French is also in possession of certain dependent overseas territories, such as the French Polynesia, French Guiana and others. French is also spoken in France.
French is written in the Latin alphabet, and it has only a few of its own diacritic marks, such as â or é, its own distinct letter ç. French is still primarily still classified as a Romance language, and it shares multiple features with other Romance languages, such as Catalan, Italian or Spanish.
About French conjugation
French conjugation is a procedure in which French verbs are changed to match with various other features of the phrase and its context. In French, you usually have to have a couple of basic forms of the verb to work out its other forms.
In French, the basic forms are:
- the infinitive - être, parler, etc.
- past - il était, elle parlait
- present indicative - elle é, il parle
In French, you can conjugate verbs by these major factors:
- person - (the verb changes depending on the person it is referring to, e.g. 'je fais' - 'I do', or 'il/elle fait' - 'he/she does')
- number - (are we talking about a single person like in 'ele/elle fait' - 'he/she does', or many: 'ils/elles font' - 'they do')
- mood (which indicates the attitude, and is distinguished as indicative, conditional or imperative, e.g. 'haces' - 'you do', 'harías' - 'you would do' and 'haz' - 'do!').
- voice - active and passive: the difference between 'something is telling' and 'something is being told'
- aspect - progressive, perfective,imperfective, which connect the verb to the flow of time, that is, they indicate whether an action is occuring at the time, used to occur frequently, or occurred generally
- tense - French has an intense tense system, having present, preterite (past), imperfect (similar to past frequentative in other languages), pluperfect (a verb tense which is used to refer to something that occurred earlier than the time being considered, when the time being considered is in the past), future
In the French CoolJugator, as usually in CoolJugators, we try to provide you as much information about the verb as possible, although we also try to focus on the most important aspects of French conjugation. We hope that this conjugation information, next to the abundant examples we provide, will help you become a better French speaker, or just learn more about the language, or both.